Female singer-songwriters reign at East Coast Music Awards gala

Female singer-songwriters reigned at this year's East Coast Music Awards gala Thursday, including a P.E.I. artist rewarded for an intimate music video detailing her heartbreaking story of adolescent rape.

KINLEY picked up the Rising Star Recording of the Year for her debut solo album "Letters Never Sent," and also took home the Fan Choice Video of the Year for her song "Microphone."

Island-born, Halifax-based artist Rose Cousins captured the coveted Album of the Year for her melancholic heartbreak record "Natural Conclusion," and also won Song of the Year for "Grace."

Meanwhile, Halifax's Jenn Grant nabbed Pop Recording of the Year for her album "Paradise," which weaves folk music with ambient pop.

Sloan, one of Halifax's most acclaimed alternative rock exports, received an honourary award and also performed at the gala event in downtown Halifax.

Hosted by actor Jonathan Torrens, the 30th annual East Coast Music Awards show also featured performances from Cape Breton's Port Cities, rapper Classified of Enfield, N.S., Halifax electronic pop group Neon Dreams and Cape Breton darlings The Barra MacNeils.